A few weeks ago my mom out of the blue said, “Robin is dyslexic.” I stopped in my tracks and said, “What! Back the truck up, I’m what, can you please say that again.” I had heard people talk about me for years in regards to how hard it is for me to learn. It’s true I did not and could not keep up with the other kids in school. I needed to go at my own pace and public school out of necessity couldn’t wait for me.
Apparently at the time my mom was told there was not a diagnosis for it. Which maybe there was and maybe there wasn’t. That’s not the point of this blog post, so please don’t go there either with comments.
The point is when my mom told me I am dyslexic everything in my brain, reactions, emotions and life made complete sense. I wasn’t angry, I was relieved, because now I can figure myself out. I can figure out why what I think isn’t what comes out of my mouth during meetings. I can figure out why what I am writing in my head isn’t what is being typed or written out through my hands. Math is difficult for the simple reason I write the numbers backwards. I have had to slow way down, check, double check and then triple check my grammar and spelling. SO many things make sense now.
As a writer and social media manager you can image how frustrating it is to go back and read what I have wrote, only to find it is not at all what I intended to say. Thankfully I have learned to give myself time to go back to reread what I have written and fix any grammar or spelling issues.
The question I had to ask myself is, What do I do from here? The answer is, I keep going. I learn skills and tools to help me go forward.
I have an appointment with Apryl Gordon from New Directon Tutoring right here in Albert Lea. She is compassionate, creative, patient, professional, experienced and I have every confidence she is going to help give me new tools. If you or your kids need help with tutoring, behavior, parenting or student life skills, I highly recommend Apryl. Her rates are reasonable and she would be a welcome help in your life or your parenting.
I’m not stuck and I’m not mad, I have amazing people in my life who rally around me, pray for me and are equipped to help me develop new tools and skills. I’m excited to go forward and I’m excited to bring you along on my journey.
Stay tune as I learn the ins and outs of doing life differently!
Being dyslexic, I was going to be held back a year when I was 6 years old. My mother helped me with reading etc. and it didn’t happen and I continued into the next year without delay. 60 years later I still have the challenge but it has not slowed me down. Life is great and just a bigger adventure for some of us.
Perry, my parents also helped me with not only reading but sat for hours with me at the kitchen table with my math. My parents spent hours with me helping me with my homework. I contribute much of what I do know, to them. You have made such a wonderful difference in our community and we are lucky to have your gifts and talents in our community.